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adjective, bump·i·er, bump·i·est.
  1. of uneven surface; full of bumps: a bumpy road.
  2. full of jolts: a bumpy ride.
  3. causing jolts: Bumpy air shook the airplane.
  4. having many difficulties or failures; full of ups and downs: He had a rather bumpy career before he settled down in his present job.
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Origin of bumpy

First recorded in 1860–65; bump + -y1
Related formsbump·i·ly, adverbbump·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for bumpy


adjective bumpier or bumpiest
  1. having an uneven surfacea bumpy road
  2. full of jolts; rougha bumpy flight
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Derived Formsbumpily, adverbbumpiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for bumpy


1865, from bump + -y (2).

Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night. [Bette Davis ("Margo Channing"), "All About Eve," 1950]

Related: Bumpiness.

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